Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko. PHOTO | FILENairobi Senator Mike Sonko. PHOTO | FILE
By EVELYNE MUSAMBI

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has promised Nairobians a drastic reduction in house rents if elected governor in the August elections.

In his first major policy announcement, the flamboyant politician identified high land rates charged by City Hall as the cause of increased rents in Nairobi.

Senator Sonko will face off with former presodential candidate Peter Kenneth and former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru In Friday’s Jubilee Party primaries.

“The cost of living especially house rent has really gone up due to the 100% increment of taxes like land rates imposed to landlords by the county government. I have raised the matter in senate and even went to court where by I was enjoined by a number of residents associations in support of my suit but the matter is still pending at the court of appeal. Once elected I will ensure the 100% increment on basic taxes is drastically reduced and consequently bring house rents down,” said Senator Sonko during a campaign rally on Tuesday.

WATER SHORTAGE

He added that his efforts of sinking boreholes in Nairobi to curb water shortage through his Sonko Rescue Team have been frustrated by politicians.

“On the water shortage been experienced in the city, I had acquired machines to sink boreholes but politics have barred me from sinking boreholes. Once elected within 50 days we will sink free boreholes in every city estate that is experiencing water shortage. Drilling water in Nairobi takes only two days as the water in Nairobi is just 100 metres away,” said Sonko.

The Senator said he plans to reduce crime rate in the city and strengthen emergency response units to ensure victims of crime access hospitals as fast as possible.